Les demoiselles de Rochefort

I really do love Lovefilm. Watched Les Demoiselles de Rochefort avec Monsieur M l’autre weekend, and instantly fell for the beautiful Françoise Dorléac. I knew (very vaguely) that she had died young, but reading up on it is so horribly sad.

Her premature death, aged 25, in a car crash outside Nice in 1967 (not long after completing Les Demoiselles) prevented Françoise from attaining the international recognition which would, eventually, come so easily to her younger sister Catherine Deneuve. She was as great a beauty and as talented an actress. I must see more!

Les Demoiselles… is a lovely, fanciful film by Jacques Demy about twin sisters who seek fame and love in Paris, if only they can leave Rochefort. Musical numbers abound, none of them overwhelmingly memorable, but enjoyable nonetheless. There’s even Gene Kelly! It’s got that sorbet Sixties feel, similar to something like Summer Holiday, which feels rather outdated for 1967 but seems to work within the deliciously strange world of the film.

I also rather enjoyed the clear referencing of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a clip of which I have placed at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

I will do a proper picture spam of Françoise later…


5 Comments on “Les demoiselles de Rochefort”

  1. Laura says:

    I absolutely LOVE this film! I adore Francoise Dorleac so much that I gave myself a haircut just like hers. Such a wonderful film.Laura at http://hipteens.blogspot.com

  2. The screen caps look amazing! Such color and clarity in that it doesn't look like it's aged. Too bad most movies made today are a dull murky blue-gray. 😦

  3. What a gorgeous film! I would like to watch it now! I adore your blog too – love the fashion!Aimeex

  4. laurakitty says:

    One of my favourite films! I'm so happy you loved it too!

  5. Mark says:

    I love this too!I fell in love with Francoise (more attractive than Catherine I feel) through Ken Russell's Billion Dollar Brain and the David Niven spy flick Where The Spies Are.She's wonderful in everything I've seen her in, but I think she's brilliant in Cul De Sac.Of course, I'm late to the party here, but I'm sure you've caught up with a lot of her work since this post.And agreed, a terrible tragedy

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